Celso asks Judiciary to expedite Zambo staff needs Print
Friday, 18 August 2017 15:57

By Dexter Yap

House of Representatives Vice-Chairperson of the Committee on Appropriations and Congressman Celso Lobregat asked the judiciary to fast track the corresponding staff requirements to be given to the newly appointed judges of the four courts in Zamboanga City.

This was one of the points stressed by the solon during the budget hearing of the judiciary held recently in Congress.

Congressman Lobregat said that when he filed a bill creating four additional sala for judges in the courts of Zamboanga City, he already stressed this concern to the judiciary as well as in his letter to chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno last September 27,2016 yet.

Recalled that Lobregat filed House Bill 3749 which seeks the creation of four (4) additional branches of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) in the 9th Judicial Region to be stationed at Zamboanga City, amending for the purpose Republic Act 10301 which created four (4) additional branches of the Regional Trial Court in Zamboanga City, which further amended Batas Pambansa Blg.129, otherwise known as “The Judiciary Reorganization Act of 1980”.

According to Lobregat, the four judges in branch 32,33,34 and 35 cannot function properly if they are not given the necessary staff they may require in the performance of their job, as these newly-created courts has vacant staffing requirements pending approval of the Judicial Selection Board (JSB).

The newly appointed judges for the (4) judicial branches are Judge Roncesvalles Bolo-Filoteoof RTCBranch 32, Judge ShaldilynBara- Bangsaja of RTC Branch 33, Judge Norma Usin-Usman of RTC Branch 34 and Judge SheneChiong-Cañete of RTC Branch 35

The judiciary said that it took them sometime to establish the staffing requirements of the newly created court because they have to wait for the appointment of the new judges first before the staffing requirement will be complied. The JSB will also ask the newly appointed judges to identify the vacancies and submit to judiciary for appropriate appointments of the needed staff.

“Even though the Judicial and Bar Council has processed the vacancies in Zamboanga city, these judges cannot function properly without their staff, you have to expedite it the soonest possible time,” Lobregat told judiciary.

During the same budget hearing, Congressman Lobregat also asked the judiciary the status of the pending and long-overdue repair of the Hall of Justice here which was damaged during the 2013 Zamboanga siege. He said that there were no funds nor repairs done for the past four years.

The judiciary reported that they have appropriated the amountof 10-million pesos to be able to engage the services of a consultant to determine the scope of work for the hall of justice and hope to come up with the program of work soon.

“We were asking if you could appropriate a budget for the damaged hall of hustice during the Zamboanga siege, from 2013 it is now 2017, that might take another (4) years before it can be repaired and we ask this to be expedited by the judiciary,” Lobregat said. – Dexter Yap